Budget Session to begin from Feb 23

Budget Session to begin from Feb 23

The Narendra Modi government on Tuesday began preparations for the Budget Session of Parliament, expected to begin on February 23. 

The single biggest task before the government, besides presenting the Budget, would be to get Parliament’s approval for a slew of Ordinances it has issued since December. The Centre had promulgated six Ordinances, including those pertaining to increase in FDI limit in insurance, land acquisition, coal mines and e-rickshaws.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu held discussions with nine of his ministerial colleagues, who were accompanied by top officials from their respective ministries, on the procedures to be followed to get Parliament's nod for the Ordinances.

The meeting comes a day after President Pranab Mukherjee warned the government that the Ordinance route should be used only under “extraordinary circumstances”. As for the Opposition, Mukherjee had said, “A noisy minority cannot be allowed to gag a patient majority.”

It is learnt that the President’s remarks were not discussed during the meeting, attended by senior ministers including Rajnath Singh, D V Sadananda Gowda, Radha Mohan Singh, Piyush Goyal and Narendra Singh Tomar.

“We discussed these Bills threadbare. I apprised them of the procedures to be followed, the earlier precedents and also the need to give advance notice beforehand and getting them translated, circulating copies etc,” said Naidu after the meeting. Naidu also asked Secretaries of the ministries concerned to complete the necessary preparatory action by the first week of February. The ministers will meet again in the second week of February.

The Budget Session is expected to begin on February 23, with the presentation of the General Budget on February 27. As per the rules of procedure, an Ordinance has to be converted into legislation within 42 days of commencement of a Parliament session, otherwise it lapses. After the meeting, Naidu renewed his offer of “walking the extra mile” for the Opposition parties as he sought their support in getting these Bills passed in Parliament, especially in the Rajya Sabha.

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